Delivering Democracy Lecture

Delivering Democracy Lecture 2018 - Van Jones

Join us for the 2018 Delivering Democracy Lecture featuring award-winning attorney, civil rights activist, social entrepreneur and commentator Van Jones!

Participate in the Community Resource Fair and enjoy the mini-concert by the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church choir preceding Jones' insightful and timely talk. 

Free  |  Open to the Public  |  Tickets Required

About the Lecture:

Arizona has long been viewed as a place in which democracy is undervalued and undermined. The word “democracy” is one of the most recognized, despised, venerated, and misunderstood terms in the English language. Its potential, however, has yet to be fully realized because it is routinely distorted, misjudged, and exploited. In order for American democracy to flourish and expand, its origins, evolution, and potency must be explained and practiced by everyday people, scholars, and visionaries in an accessible and thought provoking way. The Delivering Democracy Lecture provides a platform for the world's leading, inspirational and visionary speakers to present their statements on participatory democracy.

Program Schedule:
2 p.m.Community Resource Fair

Attendee Check-in Begins
4 p.m.Program Begins

Mini-Concert - Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Choir
4:30 p.m.Delivering Democracy Lecture Begins

Registration Information:

  • Individual registrations need to be completed for each person attending. 
  • The same email and contact can be used for multiple registrations, but we do request the name of each person attending. Those with duplicate registrations will be contacted.
  • The registration form can also be accessed through Eventbrite:
  • If you have any questions, please contact our office at 602-496-1376 or by email at

Van Jones

Van Jones is a civil rights activist, social entrepreneur, author and former Obama White House advisor who is widely known for his work with CNN, as a commentator and host of “The Van Jones Show."

Over the past two decades, Jones has launched a number of thriving social enterprises which are bringing people together to solve some of America's toughest economic and environmental problems and empower the most vulnerable in our society.

He is the founder and president of Dream Corps. Its major initiatives are #YesWeCode, aimed to help 100,000 youth from low-opportunity backgrounds find success in the tech sector; #cut50, focused on making communities safer while reducing the number of people in our prisons and jails; Green For All, which advances environmental solutions that prioritize families and workers living on the frontlines of some of the worst pollution in America; and #LoveArmy, a values-based movement working for an America where everyone counts.

Other social enterprises that bear his imprint are Color of Change, which works for racial fairness through its 1,000,000+ members; Rebuild The Dream, a "think tank" that champions innovative economic policy solutions; and The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, an organization promoting criminal justice reform.

A Yale-educated attorney, Jones is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: “Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together,” in which he calls for setting aside political tribalism for a deeper patriotism of bipartisanship; “The Green Collar Economy,” the definitive book on green jobs; and “Rebuild the Dream,” a roadmap for progressives that chronicles his journey from environmental and human rights activist to White House policy advisor.

Jones was the major proponent for the Green Jobs Act. Signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007, the act was the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term “green jobs.” In 2009, Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House, helping run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.

He has been honored with numerous awards and spotlighted on several lists of high achievers, including the World Economic Forum's "Young Global Leader" designation; Rolling Stone's 2012 "12 Leaders Who Get Things Done"; Time magazine's 2009 "100 Most Influential People in The World"; and the Root's 2013 "The Root 100."

Venue:Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church photo

The Delivering Democracy Lecture will be held at:

     Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
     1401 E. Jefferson Street
     Phoenix, AZ  85041


Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church is located on E. Jefferson Road between 14th and 15th Streets and is easily accessible from the I-10.

For detailed driving directions from your location, visit Google Maps ( and select "Directions" on the map. You can also contact our office for assistance at 602-496-1376.


Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church's main parking lot accessible from 15th Street. Additional parking is located west of the church on 14th Street south of E. Jefferson. This lot is unpaved.

Public Transportation:

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church is conveniently accessible by public transportation. The closest Phoenix Light Rail stop is at 12th Street and E. Jefferson St., and there is a bus stop at the church on E. Jefferson St., east of 14th St. The CSRD highly recommends using public transportation. Visit for ligh trail and bus schedules.

Volunteer in support of the "Delivering Democracy Lecture" featuring Van Jones!

Your service as a volunteer will help make this program a great success and have a positive impact on our community. Be an Architect of Change and sign up to volunteer with the CSRD!

Volunteer Information:

  • Scroll down to see all of the available shifts (there are many!)
    ( If you have any issues with the registration below, you can also access the volunteer site at
  • Volunteer shifts are available everyday leading up to lecture, on the day of, and in the week following (today through April 25, 2018)
  • Each volunteer shift is a minimum of 1 hour
  • Volunteers may sign up for multiple shifts, on multiple days. You may volunteer as much or as little as you’d like.
  • CSRD will sign off on community service/volunteer paperwork or write letters on your behalf
  • Volunteers are guaranteed a ticket to the lecture
  • If these shifts do not fit with your schedule, but you would still like to volunteer, please contact us to arrange a custom volunteer schedule
Van Jones
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix